Have you ever seen a flash flood wipe out a row of cars? Flash floods are all too common in many parts of Texas. It’s a problem many homeowners deal with on a regular basis. Thankfully, there are several ways to protect your home against these floods. Here’s how!
Is My Home Vulnerable to Flash Floods?
That depends entirely on your neighborhood and the local landscape. There are several environmental factors that could affect your home’s flood risk, including:
- Whether your home is located on a hill or in a valley
- Neighborhood drain systems
- The soil beneath your neighborhood
- Local rivers
If the local soil does a poor job at absorbing water, flooding will be more common. Storm drains can prevent much of this water from reaching homes, up to a point. If your neighborhood is located in a valley with poor draining capacity, you’ll need to prepare your home for the worst.
How Can I Prevent My House From Flooding?
There are a couple target areas to pay close attention to. First, make sure your roof and gutter system are both in good condition. If that means investing in some storm damage repair, it’s better than suffering extensive water damage. Ideally, your gutters will drain several feet away from the house.
Next, your yard needs to be prepared to stop flooding. As much as possible, try to keep the yard graded (sloped) away from your house. You can also install a drain line in the ground that leads away from the house.
Finally, make sure your basement (or garage) is outfitted with a powerful sump pump to direct water away from the house. Sump pumps are particularly useful for extended rainfall; you’ll just need to ensure your pump can work for hours without burning out.
Get Your Quote on Sump Pump Installation?
Does your home deal with flash floods on a regular basis? We’d love to help you with professional sump pump installation in Carrolton, TX and any nearby cities. Give our Jennings Plumbing Services team a call at 972-492-5369 today!